Keep America Beautiful, a national community improvement nonprofit organization, has awarded a 2019 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program grant to Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful to help combat the most commonly littered item in America -- cigarette butts.
Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful is one of 50 organizations receiving a Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) merit-based grant. Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful's grant award of $2,000 will be used to install special "ballot bins" to encourage people to put their cigarettes in the right place. These bins allow people to "vote" using their cigarettes in a poll with two different options.
"We hope to make keeping our town clean more fun and interactive," said Amy Hartline, executive director of Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful. "That way everyone can feel more pride in the community they've created."
Communities implementing the CLPP in 2018 reported an average 62% reduction of cigarette litter, even greater than the previous year's average reduction of 52%. CLPP grant funding empowers communities to help mitigate the economic, environmental and quality-of-life impact of cigarette butt littering.
Visit www.KeepDaltonWhitfieldBeautiful.org to register for the organization's newsletter or call (706) 278-5001 to find out how you can volunteer or participate in events.